If Paul Irving has an overwhelming sense of familiarity with this Westy it’s for good reason - he’s bought and sold it twice. Here’s why he keeps coming back for more
Those aren’t our words, they belong to Paul Irving, or Irv as he’s known to all and sundry. He’s the man, and name obvs behind Irv’s Restos (www.irvsvwrestoration.co.uk) and although we added the last part, we’re almost pretty sure he won’t mind the basic man jibe. Although, to be perfectly honest it’s tough if he does because it’s in print now and every time we call him to speak about one of his feature Buses - and there have been plenty down the years - we know we’ll never need more than one sheet of A4 paper to jot the essentials down. Heck we didn’t even make it onto the second side of the paper this time. Irv just laughed and said: “Ah, it’s your job to fill in the words isn’t it? It’s always just the usual stuff anyway.” Well, we suppose so, if by usual stuff you mean a one-time Montana Red ’71 pop-top Westy with the most amazing paint fade and stance, then yeah, the usual tuff.
The unusual suspects
There’s nothing usual about what Irv does, or any of the vehicles that pass through his workshop. Irv’s Restos maybe a restoration company in the middle of nowhere - Barrow in Furness, which even he says is: “A long way from civilisation” - but they also have a mean and well-deserved reputation for patina preservation and paint blending. Irv is unusually tight-lipped (for once) about the techniques they employ, but can you see any evidence of new paint on this sun-kissed beauty? No, neither can we. Which is exactly how it should be.
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